Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

2016 – 2017 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Recommended
for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
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Puget Sound Coast Not Region Specific
Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish,
and Walleye in the Columbia River
and tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Puget Sound

Recommended for Public Comment

# 14. Increase fishing opportunity in Lake Washington Ship Canal (King Co.)   
Increase area open to fishing in the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
# 15. Pass Lake (Skagit Co.): Allow 2-pole opportunity   
Allow 2-pole fishing on Pass Lake.
# 16. Rattlesnake Lake (King Co.): Allow trout harvest   
Trout: 2 fish daily limit, 14 inch minimum size limit.
# 17. Clear Lake (Pierce Co.): Increase Kokanee daily limit   
Increase the daily limit for Kokanee from 5 to 10 fish.
# 18. Collins Lake (Mason Co.) and Stump Lake(Mason Co.): Adopt statewide rules and harvest limits   
Adopt statewide limits and rules for Collins and Stump lakes.
# 19.  Baker Lake (Whatcom Co.): Adjust Kokanee and Trout size limit   
This proposal would change the Trout size limits to statewide rules, and specify that for Kokanee, the minimum length is 8 inches and the maximum length is 18 inches. By definition, all fish over 18 i.....
# 20. Blackmans Lake (Snohomish Co.): Increase trout limit   
Increase the Trout daily limit on Blackmans Lake to five, no more than 2 over 15 inches in length.
# 21.  Ross Lake (Whatcom Co.): Adjust trout fishing rules   
Adjust angling rules on Ross Lake to protect Rainbow Trout and increase harvest on Brook Trout. Modify existing Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout harvest rules. New rules would allow daily limit 1, minimu.....
# 22. Texas Pond (Skagit Co.) daily limit   
Remove daily limits for all game fish on Texas Pond.
# 23. Thornton Lake and Thornton Creek (Whatcom Co): No limit on Westslope Cutthroat   
Thornton Creek: All Game Fish: First Sat. in June-Oct. 31. No limit on cutthroat, and up to 2 hatchery Steelhead may be retained. No other species may be retained.
# 24. Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) warmwater angling   
Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) from the confluence with Percival Creek upstream to Black Lake. From November 1 through the first Friday in June catch and release only for all game fish.
# 25. Mill Pond (King Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust angling rules on Mill Pond (King Co.) to allow juvenile-only fishing and remove adult fishing exceptions.
# 26. Sammamish Lake ( King Co.): Remove hook restrictions   
Remove the seasonal single point barbless hook restrictions on Sammamish Lake.
# 27. Alder Reservoir tributaries and upper Nisqually River (Thurston Co.): Increase Trout harvest opportunity   
Daily limit 2 trout over 14 inches, Selective Gear Rules for all tributaries to Alder Reservoir and the upper Nisqually River above Alder Reservoir.
# 28. Adjust fishing rules on Whatcom Creek, Skagit and Cascade rivers   
This proposal adjusts the rules to remove unneeded seasons and fishery zones that were consistent with providing a fishery on hatchery Steelhead.
# 29.  Whatcom Creek (Whatcom Co.): Open a portion of the creek to fishing   
Increase fishing opportunity on Whatcom Creek and remove unneeded anti-snagging rules. Open the portion of Whatcom Creek from the foot of bridge below Dupont Street in Bellingham to the stone bridge a.....
# 30. McAllister Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Remove the "barbless hook" rule from McAllister Creek and implement Selective Gear Rules.
# 31. McLane Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Adopt catch and release and selective gear rules for McLane Creek.
# 32. Chaplain Creek (Snohomish Co.): Close a portion of this stream   
Chaplain Creek (Snohomish County) from the beaver pond(Grass Lake) below the water filtration plant gate upstream - closed waters.
# 33. Newhalem Creek (Whatcom Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Close angling on the anadromous portion of Newhalem Creek below the Seattle City Light hydropower facility. Open the creek to angling for all game fish above the power facility beginning the Saturday .....
# 34. North Fork Nooksack River (Whatcom Co.): Close a portion of this stream   
Currently this area falls within the section of the North Fork Nooksack that lies from the mouth up to Maple Creek. We propose a subsection of this stretch that runs from the North Fork of the Nooksac.....
# 35. Skagit River (Skagit Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Open the lower Skagit River from mouth to Highway 536 at Mt. Vernon, from March 1 to May 31 for all gamefish.
# 36. Minter Creek (Pierce/Kitsap Co.): Close to Trout fishing   
Close trout fishing from the mouth to the hatchery rack, year-round.
# 37. Snoqualmie River (King Co.): Adjust Trout season dates and harvest limits   
On the Snoqualmie River above the falls including the North and South forks, allow year round fishing with a retention Trout fishery (2 fish daily, min. size 10 inches) from the Saturday before Memori.....
# 38. Skagit River (Skagit Co.): Convert a portion of the river to catch and release Trout fishing   
Skagit River from Hwy. 530 Bridge in Rockport to Cascade River Road in Marblemount. June 1st - January 31. Catch and release only for trout.
# 39. Stillaguamish River (Snohomish Co.) night closure   
Close the mainstem Stillaguamish River and all sloughs below Marine View Drive to night fishing year-round, all species.
# 40. Tolt River (King Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust the fishing rules for the lower Tolt River. Currently the rule is "From the mouth to the USGS trolley cable near the confluence of North and South forks: All Species - First Saturday in June-No.....
# 41. Kennedy Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust fishing season dates and harvest rules for Kennedy Creek from Highway 101 upstream to barrier falls. This proposal changes the season end date from the last day in February to Oct. 31 and adjus.....
# 42. Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Chambers Creek from mouth (Burlington-Northern RR Bridge) to markers 400' below the Boise-Cascade Dam: all species: selective gear rules, except bait allowed September 1 to October 15. All Trout C.....
# 43. Snohomish River (Snohomish Co.): Allow catch and release Sturgeon fishing    
Open the Snohomish River Sturgeon fishery year-round for catch and release opportunity from the Mouth to the Highway 9 Bridge
Not Recommended for further consideration

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Allow harvest of Bull Trout/Dolly Varden in Gorge and Diablo lakes (Whatcom County)
DFW052634-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Sauk River
DFW102972-16
Change fishing rules on Stickney Lake to make it a year-round, selective gear rules fishery
DFW109731-16
Increase Chinook Salmon fishing opportunity in portions of Puget Sound
DFW114385-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW120136-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW120757-16
Increase Pink Salmon limits on the Skykomish and Snohomish rivers
DFW122596-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW128764-16
Fazon Lake (Whatcom County) electric motor only
DFW137468-16
Allow juvenile only angling opportunity on South Prairie Creek
DFW139315-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Samish River
DFW143533-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW150480-16
Puyallup River Pink Salmon limits
DFW153197-16
Whatcom independent streams Trout limit
DFW153810-16
Adjust angling rules on the North Fork Stillaguamish River eliminating fly fish only and going to selective gear rules
DFW162338-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW174536-16
Reduce the bag limit for Coastal Cutthroat Trout to one fish daily on Lake Washington
DFW201911-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW211108-16
Nooksack River Mid Fork: Remove selective gear rules from Nov 1 through Jan 31
DFW213838-16
Allow harvest of anadromous Coastal Cutthroat Trout in marine waters
DFW218711-16
Adjust fishing rules on Alder Lake (Pierce County) to year round and increase daily limit on Kokanee to 16 fish
DFW219261-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW228405-16
Adjust legal leader length on the Skokomish River
DFW238593-16
Trout fishing rules and management on the Skagit River
DFW253082-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW261508-16
Implement selective gear and electric motor only fishing rules on Langlois Lake (King County)
DFW271091-16
Adjust fishing rules on Squalicum Lake to catch and release and fly fishing only
DFW287323-16
Sixteen Lake: Adjust fishing rules
DFW289037-16
Adjust opening date on a portion of the Nooksack River
DFW312191-16
Extend Steelhead season on the Nooksack River until the end of February
DFW322610-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit and Sauk rivers
DFW332727-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW336612-16
Adjust legal leader length on the Skokomish River
DFW350617-16
Adjust fishing rules on the South Fork Nooksack
DFW362181-16
Open a portion of South Prairie Creek to catch and release angling
DFW383120-16
Liberalize limits non-native predatory fish (e.g. Bass) in Puget Sound
DFW391270-16
Ki Lake (Snohomish County) electric motors only
DFW395317-16
Adjust rules on the Snoqualmie River during Pink Salmon years to allow for better Pink Salmon harvest opportunity
DFW402310-16
Adjust Salmon fishing rules on the Stillaguamish River
DFW407407-16
Eliminate Tribal fishing on the Green River
DFW420593-16
Open Wildcat Lake to year-round fishing
DFW443546-16
Adjust Salmon fishing rules on Gorst Creek (Kitsap County)
DFW449253-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW451033-16
Extend Chum Salmon season in the Nooksack River
DFW496361-16
Adjust rules on the Tolt River during Pink Salmon years to allow for better harvest opportunity
DFW522463-16
Allow use of bait during select periods of time on the South Fork Nooksack River
DFW531362-16
Adjust seasons on the Snohomish River
DFW536296-16
Crocker Lake open to fishing with seasons adjusted for Salmon
DFW548445-16
Lake Sixteen Selective Gear Rules
DFW563537-16
Go to year-round fishing season on Whatcom Lake
DFW565950-16
Keep the Reiter Ponds hatchery Steelhead trap closed to increase Summer Steelhead harvest
DFW579381-16
Open the upper portion of McAllister Creek to Trout fishing
DFW586233-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW591018-16
Allow harvest of Bull Trout/Dolly Varden on Ross, Diablo, and Gorge lakes
DFW623901-16
Adjust opening date on a portion of the Nooksack River
DFW672201-16
Adjust fishing rules on Squalicum Lake to catch and release and fly fishing only
DFW722026-16
Allow catch and release steelhead fishing on the Skagit River.
DFW722222-16
Increase fishing opportunity on the Union River by adding additional days for trout fishing
DFW738425-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW741461-16
Implement selective gear and not bait rule on the North Fork Nooksack River
DFW745522-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW808696-16
Increase fishing opportunity on the Wallace River
DFW824836-16
Lower the Trout daily bag limit to 3 fish on Sammammish Lake
DFW835144-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW845013-16
Change McMurray Lake (Skagit County) to a year-round season
DFW907254-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW922198-16
Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW923069-16
Do not allow Sockeye Salmon harvest in the Skagit River
DFW957141-16
Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW962412-16
Increase fishing oportunity on Lower Voights, Kapowsin, and South Prairie creeks